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Sons of Norway International is the largest Norwegian-American organization in the world, with headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. Vonheim is one of the largest social chapters of Sons of Norway International and also meets in Minneapolis.

We promote Norwegian traditions and fraternal fellowship through cultural and social opportunities offered by the lodge, district and headquarters. Activities include language camps and classes, scholarships, handicrafts, cooking and heritage classes, heritage programs, sports programs and travel opportunities.

Please feel free to explore our web site and links to other Nordic resources. We typically meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis at 6:30pm. During the winter months of January, February and March we meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Norway House, at 1pm. We encourage guests to attend and learn more about us.

We offer Norwegian cultural heritage activities that enrich understanding and foster friendships—and are fun! Insurance options and related financial benefits secure the future for you and your family. There are outreach opportunities to help others

Some Upcoming Events and Activities

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Løvekvinnen

New Norwegian Films Breaking into International Market

Løvekvinnen – The Lion Woman

In August, "The Lion Woman" (Løvekvinnen) premiered at the 44th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund and had already been sold for distribution to 40 countries. Based on the bestseller by Erik Fosnes Hansen, the drama follows the trials of Eva, a girl born in 1912 with a disorder that causes fur to grow over most of her body. Her ashamed father first tries to hide her from society, and she later suffers bullying and humiliation from all sides. Written and directed by Vibeke Idsøe, the film was partially filmed in Lillehammer, and has the largest budget for a Norwegian film since "Kon-Tiki." This beautiful tale of otherness, tolerance and redemption shows how the Lion Woman learns to face and overcome these obstacles.

Norwegian nominating committee selects entry for Oscars

Each year a committee from the Norwegian film industry chooses one finalist to represent Norway at the Oscars in the category of best non-English language film. This year’s selection is "Kongens Nei" (The King’s Choice), a historical drama set in 1940 in which King Haakon VII and the Norwegian government face the German invasion and an ultimatum of capitulation. Haakon VII is expertly played by Danish actor Jesper Christensen, who conveys the humanity and loneliness of the king in this situation. Anders Baasmo Christiansen ("Kon-Tiki," "Buddy") plays Crown Prince Olav, who is fiery and impatient compared with his father’s wise self-restraint. The film portrays the turmoil during a momentous chapter in Norwegian history, and the universal theme of making impossible choices in dire situations. The two other nominees were Erik Skjoldbjærg’s "Pyro Manen" and Rune Denstad Langlo’s "Welcome to Norway!" which also stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen.

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American Embassy
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New American Embassy in Oslo

Norway’s new American Embassy, currently under construction in Huseby, a western suburb of Oslo, will be completed by the end of the year. Designed by New York’s EYP Architecture and Engineering, the five-building campus features a chancery, underground annex, Marine security guard quarters and three entry pavilions. Workspaces in the building will support a staff of 200 employees. Planned outdoor spaces take cues from Norwegian design principles by utilizing the area’s mature trees and stream to meld the new building with the natural landscape.

Serving an important and unique function, the new embassy site and building plans had to meet a number of key requirements. The previous building’s location near Oslo’s city center is dense and highly trafficked and posed security challenges. In addition, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations issued a new list of guiding principles in 2011 which required that consulates and embassies be both “safe and functional and inspiring places for the conduct of diplomacy and … a facility that represents the best of American architecture, design, engineering and construction.” In essence, buildings must be aesthetically beautiful and meet high security and safety requirements. In respect of these principles, architects sought inspiration from local materials, utilizing white Norwegian granite on the building’s façade and a copper roof, inspired by the Norwegian copper utilized in the Statue of Liberty.

In addition to design and safety considerations, sustainability and energy efficiency were also at the forefront of plans for the project. The new embassy will qualify for a Silver Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and energy needs for the building will be met almost entirely by renewable energy sources.

To learn more and to see plans of the building, visit http://eypaedesign.com/design-diplomacy

Businesses Benefit from Sons of Norway’s Newest Website, NorwayConnects.org

Have you visited Sons of Norway’s newest online venture, called NorwayConnects.org?

This new virtual community has been created as a place where students, professionals and institutions of higher education can come together for the common good of building innovation in industry and providing opportunities for international exchange. Above all, this web portal will build bridges between North America and Norway.

In addition, it’s also a great place for businesses because the key to building and maintaining a successful company is discovering qualified, talented employees to help lead your business into the future. Now is the perfect time build on your future because there are thousands of talented new graduates who are looking to work in companies where they can play an active role in its growth, innovations and success. Businesses that are interested in joining the NorwayConnects.org community can:

Post jobs: Quickly fill open positions by posting to NorwayConnects free job board. This is a great place to connect with talented grads and young professionals.

Promote your business: NorwayConnects.org lets businesses promote themselves and their industries to recent grads and young professionals. The site allows businesses to display logos, links and information about your company.

Attract talented professionals: By joining NorwayConnects.org and building a profile you can increase your productivity. This can put your business right in front of your desired employee audience, while showing your dedication to the Scandinavian community.

We hope you’ll take a moment to visit this new web portal from Sons of Norway and then share it with anyone you think would benefit from it. Also, if you know of a company that would benefit from NorwayConnects.org’s job posting opportunities, please contact the fraternal department at (800) 945-8851 and we’d be happy to reach out to them.